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Hell: Weather & weight slow delivery of outgoing parcel post.

HERODOTUS, Herodotus, trans. A.D. Godley, vol. 4, book 8, verse 98, pp. 96–97 (1924).

    “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Carved over the entrance to the central post office building in New York City. The method of carrying messages Herodotus describes was Persian and enabled messengers to travel swiftly. King Xerxes sent a message home to Persia that the Greeks had destroyed his fleet off Salamis in 480 B.C.— George Stimpson, A Book About a Thousand Things, pp. 69–70 (1946).

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul